As I'm getting my desktop decorated for Christmas, I'm playing with a few small programs that cause snow to fall on my screen. But there is one that I really liked from the OS 9 days. I don't remember the name, but there were some cool things it did that the OS X snow simulations do not. For one thing, in the preferences you could choose to make the flakes look like little cookie-cutter designs (which is what the OS X snow apps do), but you could also make the snow look like tiny white dots, which actually seemed more realistic than intricate six-pointed patterns. There was also a control for wind velocity, so that you could make the flakes fall gently or blow around a lot. And this application came with about two dozen Christmas tunes, including music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Damn, that was a cool little app. I wish I could remember the name, and I wish there'd been an OS X version of it. Another freeware program some of you will remember fondly is Smashing Windows -- which was really Space Invaders, but you got to blow up Windows logos instead of little spaceships. As far as professional apps, there was a 3D titling program called Specular LogoMotion. It was really cheap ($79, as I remember), and it could do 3D text with surfaces, reflections, etc. Cheaper and easier than Boris or Lightwave. That program not only never got ported to OS X, but I think the company went out of business.